James Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
First there is a battlefield, a pressure-cooker, a time-bomb: the destructive potential that exists in racial bigotry, in color prejudice and in the tensions and sensitivities which such attitudes encourage. Woven into this pattern of violence, there is a theme that is gentle, wistful and poetic: this is Baldwin's apologia for homosexual love.
At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable.
Presents the novels and short stories that established Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism and rare verbal eloquence: Go Tell It On the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, and Going to Meet the Man
Essayist James Baldwin examines racism in American movies. Challenges the underlying assumptions in films such as "In the Heat of the Night," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and "The Exorcist." Explores the love, hate, bias, cruelty, fear, and ignorance reflected in films that have shaped the national consciousness.
Offers a comprehensive gathering of Baldwin's nonfiction works that articulates issues of race, democracy, and American identity. Contains: Notes of a native son; Nobody knows my name; The fire next time; No name in the street; The Devil finds work; plus 36 additional essays.
First published in 1954, this three-act-play by James Baldwin looks at the role of a church in an African-American family and the effect of a poverty born of racial prejudice on an African-American community.
Baldwin's only children's book Little Man, Little Man follows the day to day life of the four year old protagonist TJ and his friends in their 1970s Harlem neighborhood as they encounter the social realities of being black in America.